LIVERPOOL’S chances of taking on Barcelona on Tuesday with Mohamed Salah involved appear unlikely.
Liverpool are 3-0 down to the Catalans after they lost the first leg at the Nou Camp last week.
Jurgen Klopp and his side know the challenge that awaits them at Anfield, but their chances have been further hampered by Salah’s injury.
Salah clashed with Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka during their 3-2 win at St.James’ Park on Saturday.
The Egyptian had scored Liverpool’s second, but laid motionless on the pitch before he was carried off on a stretcher.
His involvement in Tuesday’s European clash was immediately cast into doubt and Egyptian media outlet Yalla Koura look to have confirmed his absence.
They claim that the Premier League’s leading scorer will miss the game because of concussion protocols.
It is a major blow to the Reds’ chances, but such injuries are in the spotlight following Tottenham’s decision to not immediately bring off Jan Vertonghen after he picked up a head injury last week.
It means Klopp could now be without two thirds of his famed front three with Roberto Firmino also a major doubt.
The Brazilian was on the bench in Spain last week and came on in the latter stages, but then missed the trip to Newcastle at the weekend.
Klopp remained optimistic that Salah would make Tuesday’s game when he spoke on Saturday, but the nature of the injury means the decision may be taken out of his hands.
He said: “He got the hip of the goalie in his head and then was on the ground.
“The doctor had to make a decision – on the pitch or off the pitch – and the decision was off the pitch and we accept that of course.
“When we came in, he was sitting in the dressing room and watching the game, or had watched the game.
“He was then fine but of course we have to wait. He got a proper knock in that situation.” Daily Star